It’s been a fun and exciting week using Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics to make the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt. Yesterday I showed you how I quilted it, and today, I’m trimming and adding binding! Follow along, we’re almost done!
First, trim the quilt. Using a long ruler (6″ x 24″ if you have it) and rotary cutter, trim the edges. The quilt should measure approximately 48″ x 52″.
Second, prepare the binding. I chose a bright gold color from the Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics for my binding to keep the design simple. From your selected fabric cut 6 strips the width of fabric (or w.o.f.) at 2½” wide.
Sew the strips together at a 45° angle. Trim the excess fabric and press the seams.
Press the length of the binding in half and at one end make a 45° cut and press the edge over as shown in the photo below.
Pin the beginning edge of the binding to the quilt about 12″ away from a bottom corner. Using a walking or even feed foot if you have it, sew at a generous ¼” around the entire quilt and take your time!
At the corners, you’ll have to perform 45° mitered corner to allow for the edges to turn over nicely. The pictures below will outline these steps for you as they’re much easier to understand visually! Remember to pull your quilt top out from under the foot a few inches to perform the miter corner. Simply insert back under the needle for the next step, holding the threads out of the way. I end up tucking them inside binding when I finish it.
When the binding is attached, finish by machine or by hand, whichever you prefer. I use a machine finish binding as shown below. By stitching on the back side of the binding, your stitch line should nestle along the binding on the front of your project. This technique does require some practice but with time you’ll be surprised at how easy it can be.
Regardless of the finishing you choose, when the binding is finished, press on both sides of the quilt. And just like that you’re done!
It has been a lot of fun creating this quilt design for you with the brilliant Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics! I hope you enjoyed this week and I look forward to seeing what you create. Don’t forget to tag #QUILTsocial in your social media posts. Until next time my sewist friends, keep that creative groove going!
This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Super simple sophisticated straight line quilting
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